Friday 20 May 2022

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Outrageous! The Story of Section 28 and Britain's Battle for LGBT Education

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Join Paul Baker as he tells the full story of Section 28, the 1988 law forbidding local authorities from teaching ‘the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’: the background to the Act, how the press fanned the flames, what politicians said during debates, how protestors fought back to bring about the repeal of the law in the 2000s, and its eventual legacy.

Based on detailed research, interviews with key figures – including Ian McKellen, Michael Cashman and Angela Mason – and personal recollection, this talk provides a moving account of the unthinkable prejudice enshrined within the Act, and of the power of community to overcome it.